Oprah Winfrey gushed about the “Fifty Shades of Grey” books in 2012, calling the best-selling trilogy her "guilty pleasure," and according to new reports, the media mogul is hoping the film version of the erotic E.L. James series is even racier.
According to a report from The Sun, the 60-year-old former talk show host recently reiterated her love for the romance series and her excitement over the novels' upcoming feature film adaptation. “I know ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and I just can’t wait for the movie,” Winfrey allegedly told the gossip publication at the Weinstein company's BAFTA afterparty in London on Sunday, adding, “I’ve read the book and I just hope the movie is filthier than the book. Less talking, more action.”
While a spokesperson for Winfrey has denied the media mogul made comments about “Fifty Shades,” Winfrey was spotted hanging out with one of the upcoming flick’s stars, singer/actress Rita Ora. Ora, 23, who will play lead Christian Grey’s adopted younger sister Mia in the film, dished about her run-in with Winfrey on social media. “Oprah…. #wordsofwisdom,” Ora posted on Instagram Monday alongside a picture of their meeting.
Winfrey might not have made comments about a spicier on-screen love affair between Seattle billionaire Christian Grey and virginal Anastasia Steele, but that may be happening anyway. Film producer Dana Brunetti last discussed the film’s potentially X-rated material to Variety in November, saying it is his desire to see two versions of the film, an R-rated version to pacify the Motion Picture Association of America and an NC-17-rated version to please the most devout “Fifty Shades” fans.
“This is just my opinion, and this doesn’t mean this is going to happen, but I always thought it would be really cool if we released the R version and then we had an NC-17 version that we released a few weeks later,” said Brunetti, later adding, “What we’re kind of hearing from the fans is they want it dirty, they want it as close as possible [to the book]. We want to keep it elevated but also give the fans what they want.”
“Fifty Shades of Grey,” scheduled for a February 2015 U.S. theatrical release, last made headlines after Brunetti, 40, revealed Monday that the film is currently in its last week of filming. According to a report from E! News, the flick, which began shooting in Vancouver, Canada, last November, will be completed ahead of schedule.